The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Dim­itri Kon­do­nis

SKIP­PER Sol Bamba has called on his Leeds United team-mates to match the pas­sion of new head coach Steve Evans if they are to be suc­cess­ful.

The former Rother­ham United boss won two pro­mo­tions in three full cam­paigns with the Millers and will seek to re­ju­ve­nate Leeds in sim­i­lar fash­ion af­ter his ap­point­ment at El­land Road.

Evans had Chris Wood to thank for his first point at the club, with the New Zealand in­ter­na­tional con­vert­ing a sec­ond-half penalty in the 1-1 draw at Ful­ham.

But Ivory Coast in­ter­na­tional Bamba (pic­tured) be­lieves Evans’ con­ta­gious en­thu­si­asm off the field can help push United for­ward af­ter a tur­bu­lent start to the sea­son.

“He’s a very pas­sion­ate man­ager and that’s the mes­sage he gave us,” said the 30-year-old.

“We need to play with pas­sion for the club, and that’s what we showed on Wed­nes­day at Ful­ham.”

The draw at Craven Cot­tage – Leeds’ sixth of the sea­son – left them in 18th place in the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble ahead of the week­end.

“We only had two days with the man­ager be­fore the Ful­ham game and the per­for­mance says it all about the team’s char­ac­ter,” said the former Le­ices­ter City cen­tre-back.

“He’s been suc­cess­ful every­where he’s been, so all we can do is give him a chance and see what he can do for us.”

Evans ar­rived in far­ci­cal cir­cum­stances, with Leeds owner Mas­simo Cellino sus­pended just min­utes af­ter the 52year-old’s ap­point­ment.

The ec­cen­tric Ital­ian owner was dis­qual­i­fied by the Foot­ball League for fail­ing the own­ers’ and di­rec­tors’ test for the sec­ond time in a year.

But the Leeds cap­tain is adamant that the play­ers can ig­nore the club’s board­room dra­mat­ics and shoot for a top-ten spot this sea­son.

He added:“If we can be in the mix for the play­offs then that would be good, but the tar­get has to be bet­ter than last sea­son (15th), and then we kick on from there.”

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